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Environmental Health: Overview

Epidemiology and surveillance for noninfectious diseases and conditions has long been a function of public health departments. The environmental epidemiology subcommittee supports sharing information and best practices among environmental epidemiologists, which gives state practitioners a resource base and network of experts.
The subcommittee works to inform and guide public health programs and policy through collaborative activities designed to make a national impact on the practice of environmental epidemiology and public health surveillance.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in environmental health with CSTE, please click the topics below or contact Jessica Wurster at CSTE at jwurster@cste.org – we welcome your involvement!
Subcommittee Chairs: Sharon Watkins and Henry Anderson
National Office Contacts: Jessica Wurster
Newest ECA Report
2013 Environmental Health Epidemiologic Capacity Assessment (ECA) of State and Territorial Health Departments represents the most complete and comprehensive national data on epidemiology workforce needs. The report addresses:
  1. environmental health epidemiology capacity and activities,
  2. data access and support,
  3. data collection and dissemination,
  4. organizational structure and capacity and
  5. collaborations with internal and external partners and participation in national workgroups/meetings.
For more information, learn about the 2013 ECA core report.
Other Assessments
The Assessment of State Activities in Non-Infectious Environmental Health Exposure Monitoring and Investigation describes the scope of state environmental health applied epidemiology activities in non-infectious conditions. The report assesses:
  • 11 environment-related health conditions
  • 9 environmental exposure events
  • Syndromic surveillance as a tool for environmental monitoring and response
  • Effect of radiation control agency location on radiation exposure event reporting and activities
  • Resources and barriers to monitoring and response
CSTE Member Assessment of Emerging Issues for Private Well Water and Drinking Water, 2016 identifies priority non-infectious issues impacting drinking water, state and local technical assistance needs, and how CDC can best provide technical assistance and support in addressing these state priorities.

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